World Mental Health Day and the Community Trust

With Sunday 10 October marking this year’s World Mental Health Day, it is the perfect time to shine a light on the life changing work carried out by Birmingham City’s Community Trust, including a recent special guest visit from a well-known face.

Neil Etheridge called into the most recent session of Moving Lives Healthy Minds, a provision carried out by the Community Trust in partnership with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Sport Birmingham and Newman University.

He spectated from the side-lines as the players took part in training before sitting down to discuss his routine and the importance of staying active to help with mental health. He also signed autographs and chatted individually to those taking part.

Delivered every Friday, Moving Lives Healthy Minds is a sport-based social recovery project for those diagnosed with severe and enduring mental health illnesses. Headed up by Community Trust coach Chantel Hunter, players are referred to the football session based on their interests and passions. Across the week, Sport Birmingham also hosts golf days, fishing trips, tai chi classes, tennis coaching and more.

The programme is currently halfway through a 24-week cycle at The Factory in Longbridge, with a noticed improvement in the health of the participants.

To stay up to date with all the projects carried out by the Community Trust, follow @BCFC_Community on Twitter.